India vs Australia 3rd T20I Highlights: India wins series 2-1, Australia pockets third T20I by 12 runs

Australia defeated India by 12 runs to win the final T20 match at Sydney Cricket Ground. India wins the series 2-1.

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Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage as India takes on Australia in the third and final T20I at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 8, Tuesday.

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Result: Australia beats India by 12 runs to win the final T20I match. India wins series

Virat Kohli played a fine knock with an unbeaten 85 off 61 balls but the wicket of Hardik Pandya turned the match in favour of Australia as India's unbeaten streak in the T20 comes to an end but they win the series.

India 160/6 after 19 overs: Australia in command as Tye picks up Kohli, who is caught by Daneil Sams and this is all over for India. Shardul Thakur, however, unleashes a flick over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum.

India 151/5 after 18 overs: Virat Kohli gets another life as Wade misses the stumping. India needs 36 runs in 12 balls.

India 144/4 after 17 overs: Hardik Pandya at his very best as he hits Tye for a maximum and keeps India in the hunt. That shot over the bowler's head was sensational. 

India 131/4 after 16 overs: This is vintage Kohli as the India skipper goes bonkers with  a six over deep mid-wicket and then again gets a maximum with Pandya joining the act as he finishes the over with a six over sweeper cover. Brilliant from India.

India 111/4 after 15 overs: Excellent over from Tye as he gives just two runs and either Kohli or Pandya has to attack.

India 109/4 after 14 overs: Stunning shot from Kohli as he smokes Abott for a maximum over a long-off. India needs 78 ball in 36 runs.

India 100/4 after 13 overs: Double blow for India as Swepson strikes to remove Sanju Samson, who once again fails to make an opportunity count and then traps Shreyas Iyer plumb. India take the review but that's a bad one.

India 94/2 after 12 overs: India 94/2 after 12 overs: Kohli hits fifty and this has been a solid innings from the India skipper. Class from the India skipper and India well and truly in the run chase.

India 87/2 after 11 overs: Australia takes the review but loses it as Samson survives an LBW call. 

India 87/2 after 11 overs: Australia takes the review but loses it as Samson survives an LBW call.

India 82/2 after 10 overs: Sanju Samson is off the mark and he has got a very good opportunity to showcase his skill and not throw his wicket away.

India 75/2 after 9 overs: Dhawan falls as Swepson strikes and this is a stunner from Daniel Sams as he collects the catch in the rebound.

India 69/1 after 8 overs: Dhawan reverse sweeps Maxwell as eight runs come from the over with Kohli in great touch.

India 61/1 after 7 overs: Six singles from Swepson's first over and this is a good start from India despite losing Rahul.

India 55/1 after 6 overs: The fifty run stand between Kohli and Dhawan is up and the southpaw gains confidence with a couple of boundaries, the last one with a superb stright drive down the ground.

India 40/1 after 5 overs: Kohli plays a lovely upper cut and the edge flies to the boundary as India, up and running in this run chase.

India 33/1 after 4 overs: Kohli is in great shape as he plays a flick over the mid-wicket to get things rolling. India in need of a partnership and with the Indian skipper in good nick, Dhawan is happy to play the role of second fiddle. 

India 23/1 after 3 overs: Smith drops a dolly and hands Kohli a life and this a huge moment in the game. Maxwell almost had the India skipper but he survives.

India 15/1 after 2 overs: Virat Kohli comes in early in a tall chase and the Indian skipper is off the mark and will hold the key.

India 4/1 after 1 over: Maxwell strikes and he removes the bigfis - KL Rahul and Australia off to great start.

End of Innings: Australia posts 186/5 in 20 overs.

Australia 175/3 after 19 overs: Shardul strikes to remove Wade and th Australian wucket-keeper falls short of his century.

Australia 168/2 after 18 overs: Maxwell rides on his luck and gets to his half-century and what a fine knock this has been.

Australia 157/2 after 17 overs: Deepak Chahar drops Maxwell and he puts down a dolly and then the batsman smokes Shardul for a maximum over the deep square leg and Australia poised for a strong finish.

Australia145/2 after 16 overs: India needs to break this stand and more than than they need to dry out the boundaries.

Chahar to bowl out.

Australia 139/2 after 15 Overs: Chahal continues. So does Maxwell, steps out and hits it straight over the bowler's head for six. He follows it up with yet another maximum. Chahal's having a forgetful day with the ball. Meanwhile, the 50-run partnership is up between these two. India have reviewed for caught behind. Maxwell, the batsman in question. Nothing on snicko or hotspot. Maxi survives. Chahal: 4-0-41-0.

Australia 124/2 after 14 Overs: Thakur into his second over. Brilliant from Samson at long-on. Saves a certain boundary. Maxwell thought he had nailed it. In the end, the batsmen settle for two. SIX! Wade has smoked that slower ball for six. Both batters living a charmed life at the moment. 10 from the over.

Australia 114/2 after 13 Overs: Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack. Good start. Two singles and a wide thus far. FOUR! Chahal's nemesis Maxwell gets the better of him again - switch hit for four. Once again, goes for the switch hit and collects three. GONE! Chahal has the last laugh. Maxwell holes out! Jeez... hold on, Chahal has overstepped. Free hit. Maxwell survives!  Wade will take strike. Single to end the over.

Australia 101/2 after 12 Overs: Shardul Thakur comes into the attack. Bowls a good length ball and Wade has clobbered that for a six. He cuts the next one for a single. Maxwell now collects a brace - good fielding by Natarajan. Saved a certain boundary. Maxwell gets cheeky next ball, guides the ball over fine-leg for four. 100 up. 14 off that over.

Australia 87/2 after 11 Overs: T Natarajan returns for a new spell. Maxwell collects a single off the second ball. Wade gets to his 50 with a brace. It took him 34 deliveries. India have reviewed for a lbw! Looks close. Three reds... Hang on! But Kohli was late on the referral and it has been disallowed. Oh dear.  5 runs from that over.

Australia 82/2 after 10 overs: Washington Sundar strikes and he gets the prized scalp of Steve Smith, who failed to cash in on the opportunity after Rahul missed a simple stumping. India in control as Sundar finishes with 4-0-34-2.

Australia 73/1 after 9 overs: Excellent over from Chahal as he gives just five from his second over and India, eyeing a wicket here.

Australia 68/1 after 8 overs: The fifty-run partnership between Smith and Wade is up and Australia has consolidated after losing Finch early.

Australia 59/1 after 7 overs: Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack and he gives eight as Wade is nearing his half-century.

Australia 51/1 after 6 overs: Natarajan into the attack and he starts in a decent fashion, giving just six. Australia off to a bright start, despite losing Finch.

Australia 45/1 after 5 overs: Deepak Chahar has conceded 28 runs in his three overs with Wade hammering for consecutive boundaries - one through mid-wicket and the other through the covers. 17 runs from the over.

Australia 28/1 after 4 overs: Wade is going great guns and is continuing with the form he was in and this is some batting. Sundar concedes 12 in his second over after picking a wicket.

Australia 16/1 after 3 overs: Kohli persists with Chahar and the swing bowler does well as he gives just two runs and beats the outside edge of Smith. India on th attack.

Australia 14/1 after 2 overs: India strikes early as Washington Sundar removes Aaron Finch for a duck and Hardik Pandya takes a simple catch at mid-off. This is such an important breakthrough for India.

Australia 9/0 after 1 over: Matthew Wade begins in a fiery fashion as he starts with a top edge boundary bit then makes the most of a Chahar's short delivery as he pulls through the mid-wicket. Finch yet to face a delivery.

Right then Aaron Finch is back and he will be opening along with Matthew Wade in the final T20I. For India, it will be Deepak Chahar operating with the new ball.

Toss: India wins toss, opts to bowl first. Kohli retains the same Playing XI. Finch back for Australia.

Playing XI:

India: KL Rahul(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia: Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, D Arcy Short, Moises Henriques, Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

Meanwhile, Wriddhiman Saha scores a half-century in the warm-up game, against Australia A that ended in a draw.

AUS A v IND A: Saha scores half-century as warm-up game ends in a draw

India won3-0 in Australia in 2016 and it remains to be seen if Virat Kohli's men can repeat the feat.

Preview

India will eye nothing less than a clean sweep when it takes on an Australian side significantly weakened by injury blows, in the third and final T20I in Sydney on Tuesday.

Skipper Virat Kohli and his main protagonist of the white-ball leg, Hardik Pandya, will feel a sense of deja vu given that the script has panned out exactly like 2016 when the team got walloped in the ODIs but came back strongly to rout the Aussies 3-0 in the T20I series.

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After a couple of crushing defeats in the first two ODIs, the Indians have turned a corner starting with the final ODI in Canberra.

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Even the absence of a white-ball pro like Ravindra Jadeja didn’t have an impact during the convincing six-wicket win in the series-clinching second T20I on Sunday.

What will boost the Indian team’s morale manifold is the fact that it had the confidence to rest both Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, relying on a troika of pacers, who between them haven’t played even 40 games collectively.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur.

Australia: Matthew Wade (Captain), Sean Abbott, Mitchell Swepson, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, D’Arcy Short, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye.